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Author:  Al Amos [ Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:37 am ]
Post subject:  Where are we?


Oops! Forgot to leave my clue. Battlefield of an American Revolutionary War battle. [:I]

Last time give any clues! Bob you're correct!!
Description of
1895 Photo of Battlefield
by William Stone

The frontispiece represents the ground on which the battles of September 19th and October 7th were fought, as seen from the door-yard of the house now (1895) owned and occupied by Mr. James Walker, one mile and a-half from the Hudson river looking East. On the left, is "Breymann's Hill," on which was the redoubt at the extreme right wing of the British army, before the last battle. The little white speck seen on it is the tablet erected by Gen. J. Watts de Peyster on the spot where Arnold was wounded in his desperate but successful attack on that position.

The line of trees toward the right is the spot where Burgoyne formed his line on the brow of the elevated plain previous to the battle of the 19th of September. Beyond the gap and between the line of Woods, the narrow line of mist is the Hudson river; while the table-mountain seen in the distance, is " Willard's Mountain," so-called, from an American scout of that name, who was detailed to watch from its summit the movements of the British army -- displaying signals at night by different colored lights.*

*See, on this point, as well as for much valuable information about Schuyler and Gates, Gen. Ed. F. Bullard's admirable Centennial Address at Schuylerville, N.Y., in 1876. This address, since published in pamphlet form, should be in the hands of every student of this particular episode of our Revolutionary history.
About fifteen rods south from where the observer is supposed to stand and in what was then, and is now, a meadow, is the place where Gen. Fraser was mortally wounded by the sharp-shooter Murphy. It is on the west side of the Quaker Springs road running north and south, while some sixty rods south-east, is the knoll on which occurred the hottest of the fight of October 7th, between the British Grenadiers and the American troops under Dearborn, Morgan, Learned, Poor and Cilly, so graphically described by Gen. Wilkinson in his "Memoirs."

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